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Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Padelford C-36


  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair's Remarks
  3. Announcements
    • Admission and hiring post Initiative 1000 – Jayadev Athreya
  4. Committee Reports
    • Graduate admissions – Jack Lee
    • Graduate Committee – Isabella Novik
  5. New Business
  6. Executive Session
  7. Adjournment


The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics was held in C-36 Padelford Hall at 3:30pm, May 7, 2019. John Palmieri, Chair, presided at the meeting. Rose Choi was recording secretary.

The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.

Chair's Remarks

The PIMS Hugh Morris Lecture will be on May 23rd at 2:30pm in Gowen 201.  The speaker is Rodrigo Bañuelos from Purdue University.  Please help advertise this talk and try to attend.

We are still waiting to hear from the Dean’s office on salary and raise updates. 

Committee assignment requests will be going on via email soon.  Please consider taking on an extra role to help cover those left vacant by this year’s retirements and departures. 

The UW has joined the Research Exchange program along with eight other universities.  The program provides funding via NSF for qualified PhDs and postdocs to visit at a partner institution to aid research and engagement, especially amongst underrepresented minority groups.

The official title for AAPs moving forward will be “50% Research/50% Teaching Associate.”  No honorary/endowed titles are permitted.

A revenue-sharing pilot program will go into effect this summer quarter.  Revenues will be split 70/30 with A&S.

Commencement is on June 15th.  If the department engages at least three faculty members to participate, the College will provide funds towards graduation services.


Professor Athreya discussed the recent passing of Initiative 1000 which repeals Initiative 200 (a voter-approved ban on affirmative action).

Committee Reports

Professor Lee shared the results of this year’s graduate admissions cycle.  Incoming are 15 PhD and 2 MS students.  The Provost will be providing extra funding this year.  Professor Lee also announced that the blanket essay had been replaced this year with targeted questions.

Professor Novik announced the following changes next year to the Current Topics seminar:

  • Will only run in Autumn, every Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm.
  • 1-hour presentation or two back-to-back 30-minute presentations.
  • Speakers can present their research but may also include topics related to their research and advising style.
  • Encourage 1st years to regularly attend and sign up for 1 credit.


There being no new business, the meeting passed into executive session at 4:24pm.

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